for the record, ive played before _andrewbody_. with that said, i was thinking of the best way to replicate baseball back in the old school days before there were free agency and trades and players played for a team for life. thus, i give you the Lifers League. when a player of yours files for free agency, you alone are able to negotiate with him. when a player is released, he will stay unemployed until he retires (unless his initial team once to resign him.) also, in order to maximize this idea of consistency, all team names and cities will be permanent. if this idea has legs, i will come up with realistic sounding team names and you will be able to pick among them.
have you ever wanted to really develop 15 season long attachments with your players and hatreds for your division rivals? this is the best way. the draft, international free agency, and player development will be absolutely pivotal.
now, i know many of you will say this is stupid. of course, this won't be for everybody. i know a chief complaint among the naysayers will be that it's very dependent on the luck of the draw at world formation. and, you know what, YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. however, las vegas seems to be popular enough, so i'm guessing 31 others will be willing to take that gamble. nonetheless, the teams with bad draws will be able to be competitive very soon through shrewd drafting and ifa signings.
for the record, the league rules will be enforced as follows: you attempt a trade? you're booted from the league and immediately replaced. you sign a player whose rights are with another team? you're booted from the league and immediately replaced, and the player is returned to his original franchise.
please post your thoughts and sitemail me if interested.